When trying to figure out what will be the big It Shoe of the upcoming season, Isabel Marant is lately as good a place to start as any. Marant seems to know exactly what fashionable people the world over want to put on their bodies, and she has no problem taking that vision and turning it into totally covetable clothing, shoes and accessories. Despite the fact that Marant’s business is based in France, for Isabel Marant Fall 2012, she had an entirely different Paris in mind: Paris, Texas.
Marant’s clothes have played with notions of the American West for quite some time, so this foray into cowboy culture is not exactly unexpected. The shoes in particular show it very clearly: pointed-toe ankle booties festooned with the intricate stitching of cowboy boots, suede pumps appliquéd with different colored trim in order to mimic the button-down shirts in any Western wear store. Marant’s take, of course, is decided chic and feminine; somehow, she’s able to mix the two ideas without totally destroying either of them. No wonder everything she makes sells out so quickly.
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